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Managing Today’s Retail Workforce

As major shifts in the economy have created unparalleled effects on the labor market, CSD has partnered with Humetrics to help c-store operators benchmark their hiring practices and employee costs. By Mel Kleiman, Contributing Editor. In an ongoing effort to support the convenience store and petroleum industry’s forecasting and planning responsibilities, Convenience Store Decisions and

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WilcoHess Implements Workforce Management Solution

Kronos Inc. to help WilcoHess control costs and improve employee satisfaction. WilcoHess, an operator of more than 400 convenience stores, travel plazas, and restaurants in southeastern U.S., recently selected a comprehensive workforce management solution from Kronos Inc., to further enhance customer and employee satisfaction. “Kronos has proven that technology innovation can make business applications easy

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Chevron Nominates Moorman For Board of Directors

Board nominees to be considered for election at Annual Meeting of Shareholders in May. Chevron Corp. has announced that Charles W. “Wick” Moorman has been nominated for election to Chevron’s board of directors. Moorman will be part of the slate of board nominees to be considered for election to Chevron’s board at the company’s Annual

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Sweet Outlook for Candy and Confections

Despite the continued economic doldrums, U.S. confectionery sales have grown at a pace of 4.2% annually and generate $29 billion in total sales, according to SymphonyIRI, a Chicago-based research firm. Jenn Elleck, of the National Confectioners Association (NCA), said the biggest misconception about selling candy is that candy sells itself. “Retailers don’t think they need

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NRF Appoints Davis SVP, Executive Director

“With her deep understanding of retail and consumer trends, her love of our industry and her strategic communications background, Ellen is the perfect candidate to re-imagine the possibilities for our Foundation,” says NRF CEO. The National Retail Federation announced today that Ellen Davis has been named senior vice president and executive director of the NRF

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Duane Reade Flagship Store Wins Design Award

Location at 40 Wall Street is named winner of the Convenience Store/Pharmacy Category in the Retail Design Institute’s 41st Annual International Design Competition. Duane Reade’s flagship store in Manhattan’s financial district took first place honors in the Convenience Store/Pharmacy category at the Retail Design Institute’s 41st annual international awards program last month. Occupying the ground

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Training the Leaders of Tomorrow

While management is always on the lookout for new talent, it’s also up to employees to demonstrate that they are ready to advance to leadership positions. By Jim Callahan. As we embark on 2012, it’s time to start considering how you’re going to begin grooming team members for advancement within the company. Today’s employees are

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Thorntons Selects GSP

GSP to provide POP services and solutions. GSP, a provider of retail services, has entered into an agreement with Thorntons to provide point of purchase (POP) solutions and management services for all their stores. “We selected GSP because of their years of expertise in delivering the highest quality, lowest cost POP marketing and software management

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Convenience Valet Welcomes Ryan Harris

“Not only will (Harris) bring a dedicated focus on building relationships with our customers, but he will also be a great category leader within the Health and Beauty Care segment,” says Convenience Valet spokesperson. Convenience Valet welcomes Ryan Harris as the regional sales manager—west.  Harris is now responsible for sales and business development with convenience

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Susser Closes Public Offering of Common Stock

Susser intends to use the net proceeds from this offering for growth capital for new store development. Susser Holdings Corp. has closed its public offering of 3,500,000 shares of its common stock at a price of $21.75 per share. Net proceeds from the sale of these shares were approximately $72 million, after deducting underwriting discounts

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Screen In the Best, Screen Out the Rest

Just as you should consistently ask applicants questions that get you all the information needed, so should you question yourself every time you consider hiring a new employee. By Mel Kleiman, Contributing Editor. One of the fastest growing classes of lawsuits today are employment law filings. In addition to discrimination and wage/hour actions, we’re seeing

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Valero Raises Over $1.9 Million For Children’s Miracle Network

Funds raised during four-week campaign will benefit 32 children’s hospitals. Valero Corner Store employees and their customers once again showed their dedication to their communities by raising a total of $1,933,847 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals  during its four-week fundraising campaign Sept. 6 – Oct. 3. The campaign took place in all 991 Corner Store

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Jordan Named President of Master-Bilt

Scott Jordan has been named the new president of Master-Bilt, effective Oct. 24, 2011. Jordan served as vice president of operations and general manager of BKI, a Standex Food Service Equipment Group company, since April 2008. Previous to BKI, he worked with Baldor Electric for 16 years in manufacturing, quality assurance, purchasing, finance, strategic planning,

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Spinx Chooses PriceAdvantage

“It is a superior tool in that it gives us the ability to pull historical data easily, manage multiple price changes per day,” says The Spinx Co.’s CEO. The Spinx Co. is now using PriceAdvantage at its 65 Spinx stores across the Carolinas. PriceAdvantage, a fuel price management solution, has given Spinx the ability to

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Susser Holdings Announces Public Offering of Common Stock

 Susser Holdings Corp. has commenced an underwritten public offering of approximately 3.5 million shares of its common stock. In connection with the offering, Susser will grant the underwriters an option to purchase up to 525,000 additional shares. Susser intends to use the net proceeds from this offering for growth capital for new store development and

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Retail Trends for 2012

As technology continues to change the way we do business, retailers must weigh the benefits of being ahead of the curve versus the risks, and the disadvantages of falling behind. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. In a scene from the futuristic movie “Minority Report,” Tom Cruise’s character walks through a shopping mall while 3-D screens

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Industry Veteran Scott Barrett Joins KSS Fuels

Bringing 20 years of fuels marketing experience from BP, Barrett aims to help customers enhance performance. KSS Fuels announced that Scott Barrett has joined the management team as vice president of customer pricing and planning management. Barrett joins KSS Fuels from BP and brings more than 20 years of retail and wholesale fuels marketing experience

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Walgreens Adds Kronik Energy Drinks

Walgreens is adding KroniCo LLC’s Kronik Energy drink formulas to 261 locations throughout Southern California. Already the fourth best-selling brand in Arizona and officially known as “Chronic Fatigue’s worst nightmare,” Kronik Energy drinks are a major player in the energy category. “We are so honored to be welcomed into the Walgreens family; this is a

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Do You Have the Staff You Deserve?

QC Mart comes under fire after the chain’s owner launched a contest asking employees to guess which employee would be fired next. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. In October, the Iowa Des Moines Register reported on the curious plight of William Ernst, the owner of QC Mart in Bettendorf, Iowa. Faced with employees who were

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Vote Roo

Kangaroo Express’ Roo mascot runs for office—awards fans with free coffee. The Roo, the voice and mascot of Kangaroo Express Convenience Stores, is running for mayor of Charleston and Charlotte, N.C. “The Roo believes every man, woman and child deserves a break in their day. A couple minutes to grab a tasty cup of coffee

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Core-Mark Appoints New Board Member

Rob Gross brings more than 20 years of multi-retail experience to his new role with Core-Mark. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., one of the largest marketers of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America, has appointed Robert Gross to its Board of Directors. Gross will serve as an independent director

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Operational Excellence

By John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. Managing a retail store is tough work. Between operations, merchandising, marketing and facility upkeep, retail business owners have their hands full.  Managing the details of retail is the difference between making it or not.  All too often, retail owners become lax in their operation

SUPERVALU Sells Bristol Farms Division

SUPERVALU has sold its Bristol Farms division (14 stores) to a company formed through a partnership with the Bristol Farms management team and Endeavour Capital, an investment firm experienced in grocery and retail businesses. Under the terms of the sale, the stores will change ownership effective today, but will continue to operate under the Bristol

NATO Trade Show Gains Support

The National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) reported that key manufacturers have formally committed to its 2011 trade show and conference in Las Vegas. Supporters currently include Altadis USA, Swisher International, Swedish Match, Republic Tobacco, National Tobacco Co., King Maker Marketing, Smoker Friendly International and Zippo Lighter Co. During NATO’s annual awards dinner last month,

Mind Control: The Road to Success and Rewards

Fostering determination, desire and a great attitude in employees is what allows cashiers and middle managers to rise in senior management’s eyes. Saturday is my “honey, I’ll do it today” day. To be candid, though, my wife is much better with home repairs than me. We tackled regrouting an entire bathroom and my task was

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